I was fortunate enough to gain a ticket for the 'Free Buyer's' preview evening of the annual Lustre event at Nottingham University's Lakeside Arts Centre. The yearly showcase reflects craft designer makers that not only have talent but have shown commitment and potential in relation to their skills and industry.
Instantly I was drawn to the jewellery, all was beautifully laid out and each designer achieved their own style through their displays. Particular favourites of mine were pieces by Kate Gilliland, Lucy Elsie Harvey and Rosy Maddison. All had a vintage feel with many pieces featuring components that aren't usually associated with being wearable jewellery, each designer had reworked and exploited these components to construct luxurious forms. Lucy Elsie Harvey's approach to making jewellery effectively sums up the asethetic of these three talented jeweller's; "Making jewellery allows me to work within a defined parameter: elevating the mundane and forgotten into significant keepsakes through the function of adornment", (http://www.lucyelsieharvey.com/).
For more information on Lustre please visit http://www.lakesidearts.org.uk/Crafts/LUSTRE/Lustre-2011.html where you will find a list of this year's makers. It is only on for two day's, closing today the 6th of November, but well worth remembering for next year and having a look at the makers chosen for this year.
by Samantha Barker